Russian Forces lift WESG World Finals Female trophy
Russian Forces have been crowned champions of WESG 2017's Female tournament after defeating LLG 2-1 in the grand final.
The series kicked off on Russian Forces' map pick, Inferno, with Alyona "Candy" Kuvaeva and co. getting off to a flying start as they won the first six rounds of the game. The Chinese side replied by winning two of the next four rounds, but a strong defence from Russian Forces saw them grab a dominant 13-2 half-time lead.
LLG did not want to throw in the towel and came from the break ready to turn things around, losing only one of the first seven rounds. Still, the Russians did not let the game slip away and eventually locked down the map.
Next up was Cobblestone, LLG's map pick. The Chinese team started opened things up with a successful CT pistol, but Russian Forces immediately responded with a five-round winning streak. However, LLG conceded just one more round until the break as they stormed to a 9-6 lead.
LLG further added to their lead in the second half, winning five of the first six rounds to increase their lead to 14-7. Russian Forces still managed to reduce the deficit to 12-14, but, with DongMei "KARMY" Fang leading the way for her team, LLG won the map to take the series to Mirage.
The decider map began with Russian Forces securing a quick 7-2 lead. LLG grew as the game wore on and switched sides with a one-round lead, but they were constantly on the back foot in the second half and simply could not find a way past the Russians' defence, with Ksenia "vilga" Kluenkova's side giving up just one round on the CT side.
K - D
57 - 45
60 - 45
58 - 53
47 - 52
46 - 47
WESG 2017 World Finals Female final standings: